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[ree-kree-ey-shuh n] /ˌri kriˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of creating anew.
something created anew.
Origin of re-creation
1515-25; re- + creation


[rek-ree-ey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk riˈeɪ ʃən/
refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.
a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.
1350-1400; Middle English recreacioun (< Middle French recreation) < Latin recreātiōn- (stem of recreātiō) restoration, recovery, equivalent to recreāt(us) (see recreate) + -iōn- -ion
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[rek-ree-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛk ri əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for recreation
  • Sport is a physical activity engaged in for recreation or pleasure.
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  • State parks exist not only to offer recreation but also to protect natural resources.
  • Thankfully, he is also lengthening the hours of local civic centers and recreation centers.
  • Residents find the artful recreation of a traditional bazaar in the town centre cosier than the sprawling malls on its edges.
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  • Some people use drugs for recreation and get hooked.
  • Sportsmen will find a variety of streams, lakes and reservoirs, along with state parks and public lands for family recreation.
  • The owners wanted a pool for exercise and recreation.
  • Soaring costs for liability insurance are buffeting recreation facilities and businesses on the eve of the summer vacation season.
British Dictionary definitions for recreation


refreshment of health or spirits by relaxation and enjoyment
an activity or pastime that promotes this
  1. an interval of free time between school lessons
  2. (as modifier): recreation period


the state or instance of creating again or anew: the re-creation of the Russian Empire
a simulation or re-enactment of a scene, place, time, etc: a re-creation of a vineyard kitchen
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Word Origin and History for recreation

late 14c., "refreshment or curing of a person, refreshment by eating," from Old French recreacion (13c.), from Latin recreationem (nominative recreatio) "recovery from illness," noun of action from past participle stem of recreare "to refresh, restore, make anew, revive, invigorate," from re- "again" (see re-) + creare (see create). Meaning "refresh oneself by some amusement" is first recorded c.1400.

A verb recreate "to refresh by physical influence after exertion" is attested from early 15c. and was used by Lyly, Pope, Steele, and Harriet Martineau, but it did not take, probably to avoid confusion with recreate.

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